CSPC announces new safety standard for infant “play yards”

by Charles Miller

Beginning Feb. 28, 2013, manufacturers and importers of infant and toddler play yards are required to test their products to ensure that they meet new federal safety standards, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (“CPSC”).

Play yards are framed enclosures with a floor and mesh or fabric side panels. Most can be folded for storage or travel.

Play yards that meet the new safety standard must have:

  1. Side rails that do not form a sharp V when the product is folded. This prevents a child from strangling in the side rail.
  2. Stronger corner brackets to prevent sharp-edged cracks and to prevent a side-rail collapse.
  3. Sturdier mattress attachments to the play yard floor to prevent children from getting trapped or hurt.

The new play yard standard is one of many safety standards that CPSC has passed as part of the Danny Keysar Child Product Safety Notification Act. Danny Keysar was killed in Chicago in 1998 when a previously-recalled play yard in which he was napping collapsed, suffocating him. This new play yard standard was completed in honor of Danny and his family.

Recent product recalls regarding products for infants

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has recently announced several product recalls involving potential hazards to children. Some of the recalls announced in January of February of this year include:

2/07/2013 Mutsy USA Recalls EVO Strollers Due to Strangulation Hazard

The opening between the grab bar and seat bottom of the stroller can allow an infant’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children when a child is not harnessed.

2/06/2013 Play Yard Sheets Recalled by 4moms Due to Entrapment Hazard

The sheets are too small for the play yards. A sheet that does not properly fit the play yard poses an entrapment hazard that could lead to suffocation.

1/31/2013 Triaminic and Theraflu Products Recalled Due to Failure to Meet Child

These child-resistant caps can fail to function properly and enable the cap to be removed by a child with the tamper-evident seal in place, posing a risk of unintentional ingestion and poisoning. These products contain acetaminophen and diphenhydramine which are required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act to be sealed with child-resistant packaging

1/31/2013 FoodState Recalls Bottles of MegaFood One Daily Supplements Due to Lack of Child-Resistant Packaging.

The packaging is not child-resistant as required by the Poison Prevention Packaging Act. The supplement tablets inside the bottle contain iron, which can cause serious injury or death to young children if multiple tablets are ingested at once.

1/31/2013 World Imports Recalls Bunk Beds Due to Violation of Safety Standard

The openings between the metal rails of the end structures are greater than allowed in the standard and pose a risk of entrapment or asphyxiation hazard.

1/31/2013 Kringles Toys and Gifts Recalls High Powered Magnets Due to Ingestion Hazard

If two or more magnets are swallowed, they can link together inside a child’s intestines and clamp onto body tissues, causing intestinal obstructions, perforations, sepsis and death. Internal injury from magnets can pose serious lifelong health effects.

1/30/2013 Million Dollar Baby Dressers Recalled by Bexco Due to Tip-Over Hazards.

The dressers can become unstable and tip over when a child climbs on or in the dresser drawers. Two toddlers were reported to have suffocated when the dressers fell onto them, though the cause of the deaths has not been determined.

1/30/2013 Natart Chelsea Dressers Recalled By Gemme Juvenile To Reduce Tip-Over Hazard.

The dresser can tip over when a child climbs on or in the dresser drawers. CPSC and the company are aware of one report of a 2-year-old who suffocated when he climbed up and in a second drawer and the dresser fell on him.

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